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Authorities investigate Florida City teen's death

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FLORIDA CITY, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police said a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed after a group of teens were reportedly playing with a gun.

The fatal shooting happened Sunday night in front of a home on the 1300 block of Northwest Fourth Avenue. Investigators said a group of about five teens were standing around when one of them, a 15-year-old, allegedly pulled the trigger of the gun a few times before it went off.

"Playing with the gun. They was just trying to see like the parts of it. He was trying to take the bullets out but he left one in," said Ashley Kendall. "And he pointed it at him and shot it, nothing happened. Shot it again, nothing happened. The third time, Book got shot in the chest."

A bullet reportedly pierced 13-year-old Darren Booker in the chest.

"My cousin who came in the house, they was like, 'Oh, somebody's shot, somebody's shot,' and he told his mama and we came outside," said a peer. "I guess by the time we came outside, Darren, he hit the gate and he fell and he kind of like was taking his last breath."

Friends said Booker was a 7th grader at Redland Middle School, who loved to play football.

Neighbors are mourning the loss of the teen and are calling to bring about change in the community. "It's just sad, just sad that happened in our community and you know we as parents need to get together and rally and try to save our youth," said a parent.

Authorities are investigating.

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